10 Selfie Stick-Worthy Rooftop Bars You Need to Hit Up This Spring

'Tis the season to drink on a rooftop! The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and we want to get our buzz on while we look for Spiderman potentially swinging through the skyscrapers of Manhattan.

Okay maybe that is my personal fantasy. But I think we can all agree, the best part of the arrival of warm weather is the ability to drink outside again.

We put together a list of the best rooftop bars in New York, for drinking with a view, and posing for your new springtime profile picture.

Highlights include a "secret garden" bar, a terrace with an actual, dead ass swimming pool, and on top of a famous art museum.

Just try not to drop your selfie sticks over the edge. Nothing ruins spring fever like a manslaughter charge.


1. STK Rooftop (26 Little West 12th Street, 4th Floor)

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After changing the game last summer and blowing all of our minds with the Frosé, a frozen rosé cocktail, STK Rooftop and STK Midtown Patio (1114 6th Avenue) are doing it again with their new 'Frozen Mule' drink. 


Head to the rooftop bar to slowly sip one of these frozen concoctions (slowly, #brainfreeze) while gazing upon the Hudson River and the Highline. Or quench your thirst after sun bathing in Bryant Park at the Midtown patio location.

2. The Attic Rooftop (251 West 48th Street)

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The golden age of Hollywood meets Vegas meets Manhattan in this lavish penthouse lounge and rooftop bar, with 360 views of Midtown West.

Located in the Hilton, this is the perfect place to watch the sunset at happy hour OR have a glamorous birthday celebration for all my spring babies out there.

3. St. Cloud Rooftop (6 Times Square)

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The St. Cloud Restaurant in the Knickerbocker Hotel has transformed its Open Room seasonal bar into a celebration of springtime with a "Secret Garden at the Knick" theme.

Surround yourself with flowers while you sip on spring-inspired cocktails, and a fresh, garden-centric food menu.

4. The Ainsworth Midtown (45 East 33rd Street)

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Look no further for the perfect spot for happy hour with coworkers.

The midtown location of The Ainsworth boasts a beautiful 2,500 square foot terrace that also comes equipped with luxe lounge seating, HD TV's, and of course, a full service bar. You're probably not going to find a classier place to catch any summer games either.

5. The Roof (124 West 57th Street, 29th Floor)

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This bar is on, well, the roof of the Viceroy Central Park, and offers one of the best rooftop bar views in the city in our humble opinion. 

Feel like you're a swanky character from Mad Men while sipping a manhattan and taking in the '60s luxury airliner aesthetic in the indoor and outdoor lounge, with stunning views of Central Park.

6. Mr. Purple (180 Orchard Street, 15th Floor)

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Let's cut right to the chase: This place has a pool. Yeah, you read that correctly, a real life, dead ass swimming pool. 

With two large terraces on the 15th floor of Hotel Indigo in the LES, you'll feel like you're visiting the hip loft of your long lost wealthy artist friend, while taking in an unbeatable 360 degree view of the city.

7. Hayden's Rooftop (127 West 28th Street)

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If you're main concern is having delicious food to munch on while you take in the views at a rooftop bar, we recommend Hayden's Rooftop, opening soon in the new Hayden Hotel in the Flower District. 

The Mediterranean-inspired rooftop will feature a menu of small plates, a forthcoming late night menu of Greek street food, and a curated drink menu featuring cocktails made with Greek spirits like Ouzo and Mastika. 

8. Westlight (111 North 12th Street, Brooklyn)

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Although Manhattan has, like, way more rooftop bars than Brooklyn, because, um, skyscrapers, you can still have a drink on top of the world in BK, with a dope AF view of the Manhattan skyline to boot!

Located on the 22nd floor of The William Vale, the bar also offers sweeping views of Queens and the rest of Brooklyn, world class cocktails, and small bites from Chef Andrew Carmellini of NoHo Hospitality Group.

9. The MET Roof Garden (1000 Fifth Avenue)

metmuseum Adrián Villar Rojas's "The Theater of Disappearance," which explores the cartography of The Met’s collection, is now open to the public. "The Theater of Disappearance" is the fifth in a series of site-specific commissions for The Met's Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden. #TheMet #CantorRoof #AdriánVillarRojas #AdrianVillarRojas

Did you know you can go on the roof of the Met? Even better, did you know you can go on the roof of the Met and drink? 


Take in some historical art, then meander your way up to the fifth floor rooftop garden for frozen daiquiris, and some prime Central Park people watching. Open until 4:30pm Sunday through Thursday, and until 8:15pm on Friday and Saturday.

10. The Roof at Park South (125 East 27th Street)

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Now open for its fourth season atop the Park South Hotel, this rooftop bar is another must visit if you're just as concerned with the food options are you are with the drinks and the views. 

Savor upscale light bites created by James Beard award-winning chef Tim Cushman while quenching your thirst with new frozen cocktails by Beverage Director Ted Kilpatrick.

[Feature Image Courtesy Brooklyn Crab] 

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